Leadership Development


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Everyone has the potential to lead

Many feel that leadership is only applicable to certain individuals; however, we build our leadership development opportunities to include everyone. Whether you are introverted or reflective, experienced or inquisitive, we welcome you to develop your leadership with us.

Student Success Leaders

Polish your leadership skills and grow confidence in your abilities on campus through The Student Success Leader (SSL) program. As an SSL, you will develop your leadership through volunteering and providing support to students 3 – 5 hours a week.

Our supervisors are campus professionals invested who offer our SSLs guidance, support, and unit-specific training throughout the school year. Supervisors and SSLs work together to identify and reflect upon the leadership skills developed through the program. If you are interested in learning more about the different positions available, please review the SSL Units for information about the SSL program for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Program Elements

Hands-On Learning

SSLs work in different units throughout Student Affairs. SSLs work alongside peers and professionals to learn and to enhance student services.

Goal Setting

With the support of their supervisor, all SSLs will begin their placement by setting learning goals and highlight the experiences they want to gain.


Unit supervisors act as mentors and coach SSLs as they work towards achieving personal leadership goals.

Professional Development

SSLs participate in a variety of professional development opportunities, including a workshop of the student’s choice in first semester.

I really liked how I could be of help to McMaster students who may possibly need the greatest support through the Student Success Leader program. I was happy about how my time spent with students with disabilities positively impacted their school lives. It was also enjoyable to get to know these individuals on a personal level.

McMaster Student Success Leader

More than a volunteer program

This is a leadership development program with a volunteering component. The SSL program is designed to help McMaster students learn and hone leadership skills and enhance their confidence to lead and work with others. Given the competitive application process, there is an expectation that SSLs will go beyond the expectations of volunteer placements.


Applications are available on OSCARplus. We receive approximately 300 applications for over 170 SSL available positions. Please carefully read the unit profiles and all application instructions to ensure we consider your application. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview with the supervisor of the unit(s) that the candidate has expressed an interest in supporting.

Applications are now open.